Bath and North-East Somerset Gets Nod for Super-Fast Internet

January 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The United Kingdom is in a new phase of technological advancement. The government has initiated a number of undertakings to bring high- speed internet to the rural areas. As a part of this initiative, a new scheme is before the council, which would deliver super- fast internet to homes and businesses across the Bath and North-East Somerset by 2015.

For discussions on this grand project, the cabinet members held a meeting recently, which is thought to be a continuation of an earlier meeting that happened last year, but was flawed.

The latest meeting was fruitful, and members agreed upon an investment target of £2.724 million for the broadband infrastructure across the area.

The meeting was not without heated debates and exchange of words. Conservatives and small industries attacked the Liberal Democrats-led authority for turning down the offer. But the Lib Dem defended their stand by maintaining that they are trying to tap maximum value for the money spending.

The final offer is jointly made by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Somerset County Council, Devon County Council, North Somerset Council, Plymouth County Council and Torbay Council.

Of the total £2.724 million, Bath and North East Somerset Council are expected to provide £475,000, and the rest needs to be procured from the European Regional Development Fund, BDUK money, and the private sector.

Members in the cabinet have complete confidence in the cabinet’s resolution and council’s decision to give nod for the ambitious project. The proposed scheme will bring super-fast internet to the suburbs with a browsing speed of 25 Mbps by the end of 2015.

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